Submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – Romania

Today the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) presented findings to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) regarding pushbacks and other forms of border violence perpetrated by Romanian authorities. This new submission, offering input to the 69th session of the CESCR, tackles the expulsion and mistreatment of people in Romania, as documented via first hand interviews conducted by members of BVMN on the ground. Despite the ratification of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, BVMN asserts that Romania has failed to meet its obligations.

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Balkan Region Report – September 2021

Summary and analysis of pushbacks and internal violence documented by BVMN during the month of September.

The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) published 35 testimonies of pushbacks in September, sharing the experience of 815 people-on-the-move at borders across the Balkans. This report looks at a number of trends in these violent expulsions, such as beatings, sexual violence, outsourcing of pushbacks and maritime violations.

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Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture regarding Greece

Today The Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is sharing a submission made to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Focusing on Greece, the submission will inform the Special Rapporteur’s annual interim report which will be presented to the General Assembly at its 76th Session in October 2021. The report addresses the lack of accountability for Greek authortities engaged in pushbacks and other forms of border violence which amount to torture, as well as the active supression of evidence by state officials. Building on first hand data collected by members of BVMN through interviews with people-on-the-move, the report lays out a set of responses to questions posed by the Special Rapporteur, as well as core recommendations for attaining accountability.

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Call for volunteers with legal experience

About us

Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) is an independent network of NGOs and associations mainly based in the Balkan regions, Greece and Turkey, that monitors human rights violations at the external borders of the European Union and advocates to stop the violence exerted against people on the move. BVMN publishes monthly reports covering pushbacks along the Greek and Balkan routes. Every report analyzes in detail pushbacks in specific geographical areas, escalating of violence, excessive use of force, cases of alleged tortures and other key issues. 

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Submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Bosnia-Herzegovina

Today, the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN) will share findings in the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) related to pushbacks and protection concerns in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). In this 70th session of the Committee, BVMN has been invited to present a recent submission made regarding BiH and to outline abuses that people-on-the-move are facing in the country. These include both violations of economic and social rights suffered during cross-border pushbacks and violations within State borders. The submission findings also cover the systemic failings in provision of shelter, health access and basic amenities, which relate to both camps and squated accommodation.

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